The Danna K. Johnston Foundation empowers youth from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to become engaged and contributing members to their communities.

Our current efforts are focused on providing a supportive network to youth pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) related degrees.

DKJ Scholars
The DKJ Scholars program provides underrepresented, academically-sound college students with a supportive network that is comprised of financial scholarships, internship referrals and/or networking opportunities.

Through DKJ Scholars, we are continuing to build our legacy of making meaningful impacts on students who have successfully demonstrated their desire and abilities through academics and community-focused activities. DKJ Scholars are required to maintain specific grade point averages, progress toward graduation and irrefutable community standing.

Please meet our 2020 DKJ SCHOLARS:

DKJ Scholar: Ja’Niyah Donaldson

College: University of Washington

Area of Interest:  Bachelor of Science / Pre-Nursing

DKJ Scholar: Alex Taylor

College: University of Washington

Area of Interest:  Geographic Information Science

DKJ Scholar: Kennedy Thompson

College: Northeastern University

Area of Interest:  Biological Sciences (Pre-Med)

DKJ Scholar: Tsegaamlak Tesemma (Fio)

College: Drexel University

Area of Interest:  Industrial Production Design

DKJ Scholar: Alma Salisbury

College: Elizabeth State University

Area of Interest:  Biology concentrating on Molecular Biology/Biotechnology

Please meet our 2019 DKJ SCHOLARS:

DKJ Scholar: Kaila Taylor

College: CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

High School: Kentlake High School

Area of Interest: Forensic Psychology

DKJ Scholar: Kyla Marks

College: Washington State University

High School: Raisbeck Aviation High School 

Area of Interest: Medical Science (Pre-medicine) and Microbiology

DKJ Scholar: Audrey Price

College: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

High School: Olympia High School

Area of Interest: Emergency Services

Please meet our 2018 DKJ SCHOLAR:

DKJ Scholar: Ciera Devers
College: Clark Atlanta University
High School: Cleveland STEM HS 
Area of Interest: Computer Science

Please meet our 2017 DKJ SCHOLARS:

DKJ Scholar: Marvette Charles
College: Langston University
High School: Rainier Beach High School
Area of Interest: Criminal Justice

DKJ Scholar: Kelsey Smith
Graduate College: University of Washington School of Dentistry
Undergraduate College: Gonzaga University
Degree/Field: Undergraduate - Biology / Graduate - Dentistry

Please meet our 2016 DKJ SCHOLARS:

DKJ Scholar: Rahel Galato
College: University of Washington
High School: Rainier Beach HS (GPA: 3.79, Weighted: 4.19)
Area of Interest: Biochemistry, Public Health

DKJ Scholar: Ryshun Sampson
College: Seattle University
High School: Cleveland STEM HS (GPA: 3.9)
Area of Interest: Business & Medicine

Please meet our 2015 DKJ SCHOLAR:

DKJ Scholar: Karrington Ogans Taylor
College: Gonzaga University
High School: Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
Degree/Field: 2018 College Graduate - Mathematics with a Minor in Entrepreneurship

To apply to become a DKJ Scholar, please click here to complete the application.

DKJ Distinguished Mentors
The Danna K. Johnston Foundation recognizes outstanding individuals who fulfill their passion of education, equity and access through mentorship of program youth.

Please meet our DKJ Distinguished Mentors:

C’Ardiss Gardner-Gleser

Jennifer Lesher


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Resources for youth pursuing STEM degrees